Why eBay should disappear tomorrow

I have been using (or better: being affected by...) eBay for almost a decade now. What is my opinion?

It's the worst corporate-blind company in the world, not caring a dime about its customers and enjoying a de facto monopoly as much as they can.
Image courtesy of http://whyebaysucks.info/

This is the list of complaints I have for eBay:
  • crappy user interface that didn't change in the last years, no improvement, no nothing. If the cash cow is milking well, why change anything, right?
  • you cannot change the user interface language and it must be the same language of the nation you have a living address in. Microsoft has the same habit. The message I perceive is: we don't care about you people moving across country borders. How you dare!
  • The HTML editor is...horrible
  • if you save your item as a draft, and then save another item as a draft..*puff!* your previous item is gone. No warning, no nothing.
  • where are our well paid government officials when it's about antitrust? By buying PayPal they created the best monopoly ever, and basically you are forced to use it when using eBay. There are little to zero alternatives, and using others you loose all the "protected customer" rights
  • account verification is a joke. It has a lot of glitches, it keeps looping in a stupid sequence of 3 forms if you haven't yet verified your account from PayPal. So cheap for such a big company, and the problem has been there at least 5 years already!
  • it doesn't matter if your item is conform to description. If the buyer complains, he will get the money back. You are on the weak side by selling on eBay.
  • if you want to sell abroad, eBay will show you that you need 10 feedback comments and 90 days must have elapsed after last sale. But only after you completed the insertion, just to make it more fun for you.
 There are no sound alternatives that I know of, but I seriously hope that they will come to light...this online "service" already smells very bad these days.


odroid-wheezy-retro 0.8.1 released: ALL RetroArch cores & fixes

A new release!

  • compiled RetroArch with NEON-optimized sound resampler (thanks to Squarepusher)
  • enabled page flipping (DRI2_PAGE_FLIP) for smoother RetroArch experience
  • added vim and missing packages for eduke32 and RetroArch-Phoenix
  • removed modelviewer core, added all RetroArch cores
  • added ~/libretro-super
  • enabled all joystick drivers in kernel


odroid-wheezy-retro: wishlist & work-in-progress

These days I have been hacking around the ODROID U2 to improve RetroArch performance and better exploit the device's features.

One important achievement is that DRI2_PAGE_FLIP is confirmed to not be negative (at least on 3.0 kernels), but instead gives a positive performance improvement, so please enable it in your xorg.conf configurations.

This is my current wishlist, in priority from most important to lowest:
  • good GPU performance on 3.8 kernel, there has been some progress on this front recently but we are not yet there, 3.0 gives best performance so far Update 1 September 2013: there has been some progress :)
  • G2D support on 3.8 kernel, a support comparable to 3.0 kernel
  • G2D example usage, see also my hello-g2d-odroid and this forum thread
  • G2D-accelerated X11 driver, this could definitively possible once we have a working example
  • MFC-accelerated video decoding, there has recently been some progress on this
  • VSYNC on 3.0 kernel, basically this patch needs to be back-ported so that VSYNC ioctl calls actually do wait for VSYNC - done! Thanks to mdrjr for the patch; it is however verified that VSYNC is not working because of a hardware issue with the HDMI PHY :(
The last one seems easy to accomplish, and the G2D example usage is definitively possible to complete, although nothing else is at my reach :(

G2D acceleration is important to achieve because it would help at scaling anything using the hardware acceleration SoC.


odroid-wheezy-retro 0.8.0 released: more RetroArch cores

I have been doing some usability testing with Squarepusher and I have applied some improvements that were missing, so here you are with the 0.8.0 cumulative upgrade release.

ODROID Debian Wheezy, retro flavour

Download area


Windows Update NoNag

Most advanced users, sysadmins and developers that I know are extremely pissed off by the looping nag-screen that Windows Update shows after you install updates.

a bright example of an anti-feature
Although I have found online countless explanations about how to disable the above bastard dialog, they never worked quite well for me.

Since I am a developer, I switched to heavy artillery:


You can grab the binary directly from here:


Right after you see that lovely dialog again, run this with Administrator privileges.
NOTE: this tool will disable it only till your next windows update